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06-20-2011 06:50 PM
christianvargas1982
Texas to Brazil

this trip sounds to me like it might last several months, you will have to get a boat in decent condition, and expect to spend a lot of time waiting for weather.

If I were you I would probably try to sail as follows:
1) Texas to Miami sailing along the coast, this will take you a LONG time but you will gain some good experience in some pretty safe grounds...
2) Miami to the Virgin Islands (this is called the thorny path), look up a book called The Thornless Path to Windward - The Gentleman's Guide to Passages South. This book has plenty of good info on this leg of the trip.
3) Virgin Islands to Trinidad, this should be the easiest part of this trip.
4) Trinidad to Brazil, this looks like the hardest part of the trip, windward sailing with a lee shore in what looks like a mostly uninhabited shoreline... but by the time you get here you would be a pretty reasonable sailor having made it so far.

Keep us posted with your cruising plans... I'm hoping/planning to do #2 and #3 at some point, hopefully in the not-too-distant future...

good luck,
Christian Vargas
06-14-2011 06:53 PM
fodao A passage from Houston to Brazil si a serious endeveaur and I'd only do it with an experienced crew. You have just started learning how to sail, so I'd say you still need a lot of time on the water before attempting something of this nature.

As pointed out, the prevalent wind on the NE coast of S. America is NW and the current also flows in thsi direction. Most cruisers go way offshore to make a loop and get favorable winds and current. This trip would take more than one month.

I'd suggest you take courses (Navigation, Bareboat) and do lots of sailing, help deliver boats, etc before attempting a trip like that.
08-11-2010 12:13 PM
rockDAWG
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I want to sail from Houston Tx to Brazil.
Oh boy, I would love to join you. Let's make it happened
08-11-2010 11:55 AM
IrrelAvant I am also looking to sail south from Texas soon... But I am more concerned about the drug cartel violence that has taken over Mexico...

I'll be leaving Port Isabel, TX.
05-25-2010 10:09 PM
DanDMan
distance

A direct line distance is over 4000 miles I think..

So if I sail all the way staying off the coast line then its going to be a long trip. ..And going this way would be sailing into the wind?
05-23-2010 04:10 AM
wind_magic One problem is that we get so used to seeing this projection of the world with Greenland about the same size as South America that we in the Northern Hemisphere don't have an intuitive understanding of the distances involved south of Texas.



In reality the distance from western Venezuela to the eastern tip of Brazil, a journey that looks relatively short on that map, is actually about the same as the distance from icy Newfoundland to the Panama Canal, something that we would consider "a long ways". Now imagine sailing from Newfoundland to the Panama canal into the wind the whole way.
05-21-2010 11:41 PM
RainDog
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Originally Posted by DanDMan View Post
I really think I might just try to find someone to sail me down there, renting a boat. Then I can learn as we go. Where or how do I locate a skipper that might do something like this?
If you do not mind going the other direction, this would work: Cruise the Northwest Passage / March - November 2011

Leg 2 is Rio to Halifax.
05-21-2010 11:41 PM
Freesail99 Yes I think you may be right, thanks
05-21-2010 11:25 PM
wind_magic
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Buy a boat before you start looking for a skipper. You are putting the cart before the horse......
Free, I think he means a charter.
05-21-2010 11:13 PM
Freesail99
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I have yet to buy my own boat.

Yea, hugging the coast line was a thought I had. I just did not know if there were danger in doing this.

I really think I might just try to find someone to sail me down there, renting a boat. Then I can learn as we go. Where or how do I locate a skipper that might do something like this?

Buy a boat before you start looking for a skipper. You are putting the cart before the horse......
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